Sebelius touts Jan. 1 as ‘new day in health care’

sebeliushandsupDespite all the trouble that the Affordable Care Act experienced this year, including the disastrous rollout of its online marketplace, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is upbeat about what the reform law will mean to Americans in 2014. In an Eagle commentary, the former Kansas governor called Jan. 1 “a new day in health care” because, among other changes, insurance companies can no longer deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions or impose an annual benefits cap. “Now, not only are there new rights and benefits, we are also seeing the slowest health care price inflation in 50 years,” she wrote. The Obama administration also is touting a December surge in enrollments, though the 2 million total signups between the federal and state exchanges is still far short of the goal of enrolling 7 million by March 31.